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Recorded live at the Ruvo Festival in southern Italy in 2004 this release brings Keith and Julie Tippett + Louis Moholo-Mohol together with the Canto General ensemble.

Tippett, Tippetts, Moholo & Canto General
Viva La Black Live At Ruvo

Tippett, Tippetts, Moholo & Canto General: Viva La Black Live At Ruvo (Ogun)
Label: Ogun    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Viva La Black, on this occasion, is Keith Tippett (piano), Julie Tippetts (vocals), Louis Moholo-Moholo (drums, now mysteriously doubling-up his name) and the rather large Canto General ensemble, recorded live at the Ruvo Festival in southern Italy. Their repertoire might suggest a 1970s date, but in reality this was only 2004, with a bold mission to recreate arrangements from the golden years of the Dedication Orchestra and Tippett's biggest of big bands, the bloated Centipede.

An opening salvo leaves the listener wounded, reeling on the floorboards. The South African alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana's "Mra" is followed by Keith's own "Thoughts To Geoff," both tunes involving the pure embodiment of the joyous rush, full of ultra-dynamic jolts and propelled by a six-strong vocal chorus (seven, counting Julie). Such power! Roberto Ottaviano's marathon soprano saxophone solo is supported by swelling jabs from the enlarged horn sections, then Tippetts is leading her battalion in their own vocal escalation and Moholo is in a tumbling dialogue with second drummer Vincenzo Mazzone. When Tippett's "Dedicated To Mingus" takes things down to calm stasis, at this point that's needed. Then, there are two numbers by the South African bassist Harry Miller, also part of the exiled jazz community in 1960s-70s London.

But there are more apocalyptic blowouts to come, lengthy, intense and hurtling up a gradient to godliness. Tippett's "Cider Dance" and "Septober Energy" arrive at crucial stages in the running order, perfectly illustrating his ability to meld sing-along repetitions with erupting free-form unpredictability. Aside from the latter's exultant nostalgia value (if the listener is familiar with the original vinyl double album!), these are pieces that shimmer eternally, regardless of whether they were penned in the 1970s or beyond. What a great opportunity, presented by the Ruvo Festival, surely unsuspecting of the full forces that were set to be unleashed on their stage."-Martin Longley, All About Jazz

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Product Information:

UPC: 5020675572201

Label: Ogun
Catalog ID: OGCD020
Squidco Product Code: 11094

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded live at Ruvo Di Puglia, September 5, 2004 by Gennaro Mele.


Keith Tippett-piano

Julie Tippetts-voice

Louis Moholo-Moholo-drums

Canto General:

Gianna Montecalvo-voice

Cinzia Eramo-voice

Gabriella Schlavone-voice

Teresa Vallarella-voice

Loredana Perrini-voice

Maristella Schlavone-voice

Vittorino Curci-alto sax

Roberto Ottoviano-soprano sax, alto sax

Farbizio Scarafile-tenor sax

Felice Mezzina-tenor sax

Nicola Pisani-baritone sax

Marco Sannini-trumpet and flugelhorn

Luca Calabrese-trumpet and flugelhorn

Vincenzo De Luci-trumpet and flugelhorn

Vito Mitoli-trumpet and flugelhorn

Beppe Caruso-trombone, Lauro Rossi-trombone, Franco Angiolo-trombone, Michele Marzella-trombone

Giorgio Vendola-acoustic and electric basses

Francesco Angiuli-acoustic and electric basses

Livio Minifra-piano, keyboards

Vincenzo Mazzone-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Mra (Island Music) 4:25

2. Thoughts To Geoff (Popgun Music) 8:32

3. Dedicated To Mingus 5:01

4. Mongezi Feza 1:35

5. Four Whispers For Archie's Chair 2:08

6. Traumatic Experience 4:39

7. Cider Dance 9:28

8. A Song 4:11

9. Dancing Damon 4:04

10. Septober Energy 13:08

11. South African National Anthem (Traditional) 3:39

12. You Ain't Gonna Know Me 'Cos You Think You Know Me 5:45